Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Apple seeding Os X Leopard

Source: macrumors.com

Apple is finally seeding the WWDC version of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) to online ADC members (Select or Premier). Previously, the most recent version of Leopard was only available to developers who attended WWDC.

Apple previewed a "feature complete" version of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) at WWDC and demonstrated many of the new Leopard features, including new Desktop, Finder, Quicklook, Time Machine, Spaces and more.

The version being distributed is the exact same build as the one distributed on DVD to WWDC members. Leopard is expected to be released in October of this year.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Host of minor Leopard features revealed?

Source: Macnn.com
Unidentified sources point to a variety of small but important features being included in the next version of the Mac OS. According to contacts, Leopard will introduce a fullscreen mode for QuickTime that does not require QuickTime Pro; this is an extension of earlier changes made to iTunes. Media emphasis is said to be further enhanced in the form of DVD Player, which should have an HD options pane designed around Blu-Ray and HD DVD drives. The ability to quickly change cover art and region support is mentioned as well.
As confirmed, Sun's ZFS is tapped to make a limited appearance. Newly suggested though is that despite being read-only and non-default, ZFS will still support trademark abilities, such as instant, low-size "snapshots" of a volume. Cloned copies, meanwhile, will be modifiable with little penalty.

One of the most significant changes may be to iChat, which is being altered with the iPhone in mind to send SMS texts to contacts with mobile phone numbers. Likewise, Google Talk accounts will be visible alongside the likes of AIM and .Mac. In spite of this, however, users will be able to switch the default IM program to something of their preference, in the same way that Safari can be used to toggle the default web browser.

This choice motif will extend to Dictionary, where users will be able to select Wikipedia instead of Oxford if so desired. Finally, there will be no need to share exclusively through the Public folder on a network, though how sharing will work has not been specified.

Phone service plans announced, activation via iTunes

Source: Thinksecret.com
Apple and AT&T announced Tuesday that three service plans will be available to iPhone customers, starting at $59.99 and topping out at $99.99 per month. In addition, the companies said iPhone owners will activate the device and select their plan through iTunes, confirming an earlier Think Secret report.

"Users will be able to activate their new iPhone in the comfort and privacy of their own home or office, without having to wait in a store while their phone is activated," Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, said in a statement. "There are tens of millions of people in the US who already know how to sync their iPods with iTunes, and syncing their new iPhone with iTunes works the same way."

Apple has also posted a new video of the iPhone activation procedure and sync feature.

All three plans include unlimited data, visual voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, rollover minutes, and unlimited minutes to other Cingular customers. As previously noted, the iPhone does not support multimedia MMS messaging.

For $59.99, customers receive 450 anytime minutes and 5000 night and weekend minutes. An additional $20 ($79.99) gets 900 anytime minutes and unlimited nights and weekends, while another $20 ($99.99) gives customers 1350 anytime minutes.

iPhone goes on sale at 6:00 p.m. (local time) on Friday, June 29 and will be sold in the US through Apple’s retail and online stores and AT&T retail stores.

In preparation for the rollout, sources report that Apple retail store employees are being told not to bring laptops or cell phones to work this week because they contain cameras. While most stores expect to get their shipment of iPhones Friday morning, others will see shipments arrive throughout the week.